Today I had the pleasure of being taken on a digital deep dive by a mentor. The content—social media marketing strategy—was prepared by VaynerMedia, so its quality was extremely high. Here are some of my takeaways:
- Platforms – Each should be viewed as serving a different purpose and targeting a different audience (usually). Knowing how to use the features of each platform is critical.
- Amazon – Marketers now see Amazon as a marketing platform. I hadn’t thought of it in that light.
- Strategy – Without a defined strategy, your efforts probably won’t be effective. It should be tied to the organization’s larger objective. Having a strategic leader with social media experience is important.
- Team – Proper staffing and budgeting is a requirement. Treat digital marketing on social media like any other critical function.
- Outsourcing –It’s difficult for agencies to know what resonates with your customer. In-house is more effective—hire an internal team.
- GaryVee – There’s a serious machine behind his personal brand. It’s well thought-out and well funded. What the public sees is the result of a ton of behind-the-scenes effort.
- Perception – It’s everything, even if it isn’t reality.
Full disclosure: I’m awful at marketing. I’m just not wired to think that way.
I was extremely impressed by the thoroughness of the content. The way the strategy component was explained connected the dots for me. It’s like a light bulb clicked on. I now look at social media differently and have immense respect for its marketing value. Social media and marketing are rapidly changing and I’ll be excited to see how technical evolution affects their trajectories.